Sermon for 12/19/2021 – “Advent 4: The Manger of Love (or, Into the Unknown)”

Luke 1:26-38, 46-55 4th in the series “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes” Let me extend my welcome to everyone sharing worship with us in this moment – whether in person, live online or the radio, or watching at a later time. I am so grateful you have come to share this time connecting with

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Sermon for 03/14/2021 – “Again and Again, God Loves First”

John 3:14-21; Ephesians 2:1-10 In the series “Again & Again: A Lenten Refrain” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (NRSV) That, of course, is John 3:16, a verse you all know. Because it sums

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Sermon for 10/11/2020 – “Loving Others with Different Politics”

James 1:19-27; Matthew 22:34-40 In the series “Keeping Faith, Practicing Politics” Last month, some friends shared with me a dispute they were having with their next-door neighbor. My friends had put political sign for a certain presidential candidate in their front yard. Their neighbor saw it and didn’t like it, because she supports a different

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Sermon for 02/09/2020 – “Love the Ones You Hate”

“Love the Ones You Hate” Matthew 5:38-48 In the series “Upside Down: A Different Way of Living” Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’” (Matt 5:43).  You may have heard this saying of Jesus in the news this week, specifically lifted up at the National Prayer Breakfast

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Sermon for 01/13/2019 – “Unafraid: Fear of the Other”

Fear of the Other Psalm 27:1-8, 14 In the series “Unafraid” Thank you for coming to worship today, despite the first snowfall of the new year and cold weather.  And thank you for joining our worship community through our Internet live stream and through our live broadcast on WFIN.  Your presence, in person or via

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Sermon for 12/23/2018 – “Gifts that Don’t Break: Love” – Rev. Becky Schofield Motter

Gifts that Don’t Break: Love Luke 1:39-55 By Rev. Becky Schofield Motter During Advent we have been in the midst of a series we have called: Gifts that Don’t Break. You have heard stories of how our children were disappointed with the toys that have broken. We have considered hope, peace and joy. We have

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Sermon for 02/11/2018 – “Half Truths: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” In the series “Half Truths” Luke 18:9-14; Matthew 7:1-5 Throughout our series on “Half Truths,” we have considered some common sayings to discern the truth in them and the misleading or mistaken understandings about God behind them.  At times, we have been challenged because we’ve held on to some

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Sermon for 12/24/2017 (PM) – “Down to Earth Love”

Down to Earth Love Luke 2:1-20 Final in the series “Down to Earth” (Note: This sermon by Rev. Jeff Motter was preached as a duet sermon with Rev. Becky Schofield Motter.) A Dad shared his eight-year-old daughter’s Christmas list on Facebook.  Surprisingly, there were only five items on the list:  (1) a real rainbow unicorn;

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